VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED: 1960 v. 1995

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*A big fan of both versions of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, Icons of Fright’s Jovy Skol wrote this piece about the differences between the two. Read on! -Jerry Smith When I was a kid, my parents worked long hours often leaving me to be on my own during the day. They knew not to worry […]

In Defense of VALENTINE (2001)

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I try to keep it off of my social networking feeds as much as possible, but I am one of those angsty people that absolutely hates Valentine’s Day.  Hell, I’ve had a significant other for just about every Valentine’s Day since I was 14, and I still hate it.  I’ll spare you all the feminist […]

“Look What I Made You”: In Defense Of James Wan’s DEATH SENTENCE (2007)

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Mention James Wan’s name, and more times than not, the SAW or INSIDIOUS series will come up. Every once in a great while, a fan of the criminally underrated DEAD SILENCE will be brought up (and rightfully so, it’s wonderful), but for the most part, Wan’s fanbase tends to focus on the traps of SAW, the […]

A 25TH ANNIVERSARY LOOK BACK AT: THE EXORCIST III (1990)

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Mention THE EXORCIST in a conversation and most horror fans will declare it the scariest film of all time. While that declaration is well deserved (it’s an absolutely perfect film in every capacity), a film that is quite often overlooked when it comes to the legacy of that film, is the third film in the series, […]

PARANORMAN: It’s Pretty Much Just SILENT HILL Jr.

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I’ve finally gotten to an age where I feel worldly enough to share my knowledge of cinema with my younger family members, rather than be the one depending on other people to expose me to new films.  Of course I’ll always be looking for unseen flicks from other people, but there’s something magical about showing […]

“Dream The Crow Black Dream”: Jerry’s Look Back At THE CROW

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When something hits for me, it HITS. I’ve always been that way and I doubt that the fervor I have for everything I dig will ever lessen. That excitement, while having led me into a lot of great memories, have given me an equal amount of recent moments, full of wondering, “What the hell was […]

MY FIRST R-RATED THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE: “SAW” TEN YEARS LATER

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(BJ Colangelo as a 14 year old. Feel free to judge those broke-ass extensions) 2004 was a strange year for me.  I graduated from a very small junior high school in June and a few months later I was thrown into the chaotic world of an overpopulated and underfunded high school.  I liked to think […]

The Vault: KOLOBOS

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If I had to choose three subgenres I’d say I’m most fluent in, it would be female-centered exploitation films, films now-famous actors wish they could scrub off their resumes, and late 90s-early 00’s slasher films.  I’ve been fortunate enough to find some crazy gems over the years at my small town thrift shops, but last […]